Denim Cat


This whole project just fell together by itself without any planning, really.  I was actually just trying to see if my ink stamps would stamp onto denim scraps for something else, but I loved the way the cat looked in that blue ink on the blue denim and I wanted to do something with her.

I thought for awhile and decided to go ahead and cut the piece smaller (and yes, it’s cut not really square on purpose) and sew it to a piece of muslin (or it might be linen, I can’t recall) that I had in my scrap box.  I still wasn’t sure what I was going to make.  Sometimes it’s fun to surprise yourself.  I stitched all the way around using a little zig zag stitch –really fun!  I have to say I’m enjoying how confident I’m getting when using the sewing machine.  I am pretty good at making bobbins and changing thread, both things that used to sometimes put me into tears.  I can also change the feet (altho sometimes I still struggle with that, surely the machine moves on it’s own!)

Anyway, the fabric set her off nicely, but the denim was a little frayed (I forgot to mention I washed the scrap after I the stamping had dried because part of my experiment was to see if the stamp dye was really colorfast.  It was, it faded just slightly, and to a pleasing effect).  But the fabric did fray slightly, so I pulled them a little more until I liked the result.   I also gave her a golden eye with some gold metallic thread I have, using a french knot or a close approximation.

It was then that I decided she would look charming in a frame!

And I have frames.  I don’t know why, but I just have a collection of frames that I plan to use.  I can never get rid of a frame or turn one down if offered.  I looked through them and found one I thought was perfect.  I cut the muslin (or linen) to fit, put it in place with double sticky tape, put the frame back on (it was one of those with those little devilish spikes so my husband had to help me so I didn’t poke holes in my fingers).

And the result, I think, really is charming.  Blue on blue.  She will be off in the mail in a day or two. As the project emerged I also realized who the perfect recipient was.  I know she’s going to a wonderful home.  🙂

Now, time to head to Handmade Monday.  A little late, but I have to see what everyone else has done.  Come on, there are always amazing things!


  1. Isn’t it lovely when a project seems to take you where it wants to go 🙂

    Your kitty cat picture is gorgeous, i especially like the blue on blue and the abstract shape of the denim patch – really fun and original.. what a great gift! x

  2. CatkinJane says:

    A lovely finished project 🙂
    I’m not a fan to things being too square!

  3. A lovely picture and the colourings you have used work so well. Hope you have a good week.

  4. Wendy says:

    This is just adorable – very simple but very effective indeed. I love it and it’s got those cogs whirring in my brain…

  5. Lau W says:

    Oh WOW ! I loooooove it very much !!!!!

  6. I like this a lot and really enjoyed reading about the process. isn’t it great when things evolve like this?

  7. Simmi says:

    What a fab cat – she’s gorgeous! I love the way you’ve finished off the piece and I’m exactly the same with frames… loads of them sitting around doing nothing 🙂 Simmi x

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